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Speerly 1Katelyn SpeerlyDr. Connie PorterLITR-22128 January 2018The Modern Man: Through the Words of E.E. CummingsDespite occasionally being criticized for being pretentious, E.E. Cummings with his timeless words has become one of the most-read poets in America (Runcie). Throughout numerous decades that have passed since his poem publications, E.E. Cummings has remained relevant in modern eras with his words showcased in several blockbuster films. He led a rather rebellious life, consistently challenging societal norms. While in France he ventured so far rebelliously that he wound up getting arrested on espionage suspicions (Runice). It is not surprising that his writing style would break the mold as well. Not only the words Cummings chose, but the punctuation and his untraditional spacing and capitalization were contributing factors into his critics deeming him pretentious, and otherwise attempted to condemn his work. Nonetheless, E.E. Cummings stood by his work saying, "Nothing measurable can be alive; nothing which is not alive can be art; nothing which cannot be art is true: and everything untrue doesn't matter a very good God damn" (Cummings 68). This well-known, rebellious, modernist poet, has many pieces that shed light upon ideals of the modern man. Alienation and loneliness

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